Aftercare Instructions

Caring for your new tattoo is extremely important.  You have invested your time, money and perhaps endured some discomfort receiving a great tattoo.  Poor aftercare, or the lack of care, can destroy a great tattoo.  Proper aftercare will ensure that your tattoo will remain a quality piece of body art.

~ A new tattoo is equivalent to a second-degree burn.  It will take about 10 - 14 days with proper care for it to heal.  It will peel or flake in about 4 - 5 days.  There will be some color in the peeling skin.  Don’t worry, this is normal.  In the first weeks, your new tattoo may not look as “crisp” as it did initially; the colors may not look as strong, or it may have an overall “hazy” look to it.  Don’t be alarmed.  It is a normal course of healing and will clear up in a few short weeks.

~ After 2 hours remove the initial tattoo dressing.  There may be some seeping from your tattoo.  In some cases this may last a day or two.  There may be some color in the seeping.  Don’t panic, seeping is normal.  A new tattoo will heal best when left uncovered.  However, you should cover it with a non-stick bandage for the first 4 - 5 nights to prevent it from drying out when you are sleeping.  Everyone heals at a different rate.  If you need to, continue to cover your new tattoo into the second week.

~ You will need to keep your new tattoo greasy to the touch for the full 14 days.  If you do not keep your new tattoo moist it will form a scab.  Scabbing is an indication of neglect.  When the scab falls off it will pull the detail and color from your new tattoo.  With proper care you will prevent your new tattoo from scabbing.

~ Keep your new tattoo clean.  Washing it will help to promote healing and reduce the amount of pimples that can be caused from the ointment clogging the pores in your skin.  You can briefly wash your tattoo 1 - 2 times daily with an antibacterial soap and warm water.  Be careful not to soak your new tattoo during this process.  Use your hand, not a washcloth.  A washcloth may be too abrasive.  Next, gently blot dry with a clean towel.  Once it is dry, apply the ointment or lotion.

~ Do not scratch, soak or expose your new tattoo to the sun during the healing process.  If it itches, gently slap it.  Don’t scratch.  Take showers, not baths.  No swimming, hot tubbing etc.  U.V. rays are very harmful to any tattoo.  Keep your new tattoo covered with clothing when you are out in the sun.  Remember, the healing process will take two weeks.

~After your new tattoo has healed, it is a good idea to protect it from U.V. rays by applying a good sunscreen.  To help keep your colors bright it’s a good idea to protect it from U.V. rays by applying a good sunscreen.  To help keep your colors bright it’s a good idea to use a quality skin lotion everyday. 


H2Ocean is the most effective product for cleansing and healing your body piercings.  H2Ocean safely removes dried discharge and lymph secretions when used every 3 - 4 hours.  H2Ocean increases circulation to the body piercing and may help accelerate the healing process.  It may also help reduce lumps, scar tissue and itching.  Just spray H2Ocean on the pierced area and allow solution to absorb into the skin.  Do not wipe it off. 

~ Don’t touch the body piercing.  Also, don’t let anyone else touch, kiss or lick the body piercing.

~ Don’t take it out.  Body piercings may take many months to completely heal.  Changing should not be attempted until after the first 4 weeks.

~ Don’t let the body piercing come in contact with another persons bodily fluids.

~ Never use alcohol, hydrogen peroxide or hand soap because they may damage healthy cells and cause scar tissue.  Petroleum jelly is not recommended for aftercare, as it can collect and promote the growth of bacteria.

~ Avoid hot tubs and public pools during the healing process.  If you must swim, cover with a waterproof bandage.

~ Reduce intake of alcohol, drugs, caffeine and aspirin during the initial healing period.

~ Avoid smoking, chewing tobacco and spicy foods for oral piercings.

~ Avoid direct sunlight or tanning beds for a few weeks.  Definitely avoid tanning oils, lotions and sand.

~ Avoid tight fitting clothes which might irritate a new body piercing.

what to do for the piercing pimple

~ Take ibuprofen or acetaminophen to diminish swelling and tenderness.

~ Keep the area clean and wash it twice daily with a fragrance-free soap, rinse well, and dry with clean, disposable paper products.

~ Perform mild saline soaks and/or apply warm, moist compresses to encourage drainage and relieve discomfort.

~ Apply topical over-the-counter antibiotic cream or gel (not ointment) according to package instructions.  While this type of product is not suggested for routine aftercare, this is the time to put it to use.  The topical antibiotic products usually contain bacitracin, neomycin, or polymyxin B, alone or in combination, to fight different types of microorganisms.  Combinations of the three ingredients work against a broader spectrum of bacteria, but allergic reactions to neomycin are common.  Stop using the antibiotic if you notice redness, itching, or skin eruptions surrounding the area and consult your physician.


~ Your symptoms last for a week or markedly worsen.

~ You experience a fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, dizziness or disorientation.

~The piercing is very painful, swollen, has red streaks emanating from it or there is a loss function in the region.

~ You have copious pus discharge that is greenish, yellowish or grayish.